Electrifying wide receiver, Martavis Bryant, has signed to play for the Pirates in the upcoming 2021 season. In preparation for his first season with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, Bryant is bringing his high-flying, circus-catching game to Massachusetts. Bryant last played professionally for the Oakland Raiders in 2018. He played in 8 games for the silver and black, finishing with 19 receptions for 266 yards. Prior to this, Bryant was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 2014 fourth-round draft choice out of Clemson stepped in as a rookie and immediately turned heads with his lightning speed. For defenses he was a constant long-ball threat. ‘14 saw Bryant catch 26 passes for 549 yards and 8 touchdowns. His jaw-dropping 21 yards per catch was good for first in the NFL among wide receivers. In 2015 Bryant finished the season with 50 catches for 765 and 6 scores, including a full flip circus catch in the endzone during the Steelers Wild Card Playoff game against Cincinnati. After sitting out in 2016 Bryant came back strong, finishing ‘17 again with 50 catches for 603 yards and 3 TDs. In a playoff loss to Jacksonville that season, Bryant grabbed 2 passes for 78 yards. The numbers, while impressive, don’t demonstrate the rare talent that Bryant displays on the field. Acquiring him is a bold move by the Pirates but could potentially pay huge dividends this season.
As a 2013 All-ACC Honorable Mention receiver at Clemson, Bryant made 11 starts and played in 13 games. He finished the season with 42 receptions for 828 yards and 7 touchdowns. Against Georgia Tech Bryant hauled in 5 receptions for 176 yards and a score. He was named ACC Receiver of the Week for his efforts. Towards the end of the season, in the Orange Bowl against Ohio State, Bryant had 3 receptions for 28 yards and 2 TDs.
In 2012 Bryant led the nation with an average of 30.5 yards per reception. He finished the season with 10 receptions for 305 yards and 4 touchdowns. Bryant also returned 10 kickoffs for a total of 210 yards. In addition, he led the team in all-purpose yards numerous times, gaining 108 total yards against Maryland and Furman respectively. During the 2011 season, Bryant hauled in 9 receptions for 221 yards and 2 scores. He also returned 2 kickoffs for 45 yards. Bryant made his first college start in ‘11 against Virginia Tech.
In high school, as a wide receiver, Bryant caught passes from Doug Williams, Jr., son of the former SuperBowl MVP. Bryant was also a standout sprinter in high school, clocking a 100-meter time of 10.85 seconds at the Regional Class 1AAAA championships, good for second place. Bryant is entering his age-29 season with Massachusetts this season.